The good news today: Josh Beckett is pitching. Not Andrew Miller, not John Lackey, but Josh Beckett.
He's pretty good.
The interesting news today: Kevin Youkilis is hitting fifth, and David Ortiz is in the cleanup spot. Kind of a long time in coming if you ask me, especially against a righty.
The bad news is: We're 2-4 in our last couple of series, which nearly brings the Sox back to that damned .500 mark we'd been floating around for a month. So a series win in a 4-game set? That'd be pretty nice.
But back to the lineup stuff:
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Mike McCoy - SS|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Eric Thames - LF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Jose Bautista - RF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Kevin Youkilis - 3B||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Carl Crawford - LF||Kelly Johnson - 2B|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Brett Lawrie - 3B|
|Jason Varitek - C||Jose Molina - C|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||Dewayne Wise - CF|
They'll have an interesting young righty to work against. The fastball - changeup thing gave the Sox some difficulties in 2010, but Ellsbury, Gonzalez, and Crawford are amongst the best at hitting that particular pitch, so hopefully that evens things out nicely.
#37 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays
Apr 18, 1990
|2011 - Henderson Alvarez||1-2||5||5||0||0||0||0||30.2||28||13||12||5||5||21||3.52||1.08|
And, of course, Josh Beckett:
#19 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox
May 15, 1980
|2011 - Josh Beckett||12-5||26||26||1||1||0||0||170.0||122||50||48||16||45||149||2.54||.98|